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How to Plan a Trip to Thailand: Frequently Asked Questions

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Ko Phak Bia in the Krabi Province of Thailand, with limestone karsts, white beaches and clear water,popular for snorkeling

Ko Phak Bia in the Krabi Province of Thailand

Thailand is a jewel of culture and a treasure chest of natural wonder, from the jungle mountains to the crystal-clear waters and the following information provides insight into the most frequently asked questions travelers have when planning their Thailand trip. The charm of Thailand can spread from ancient city lanes to pristine beaches beneath golden temple spires and dramatic karsts rising out of the sea.

Whether snorkeling a tropical reef or trekking through jungle terrain, you can indulge in the cuisine, experience the culture and embrace the unparalleled atmosphere with the following information to help you plan your perfect Thailand trip.

Can I travel to Thailand this year?

Traditional fishing boat in Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui, Thailand

Angthong National Marine Park in Koh Samui, Thailand

Updated entry requirements and helpful information can be found on Where Americans Can Travel Now. Zicasso travel specialists serve 101 countries, and details are included for all of the regions that we serve.

Have questions? Our Traveler Care team can be reached at 1-888-265-9707.

How far in advance should I plan a Thailand vacation?

Golden Buddha statue, Chiang Mai Wat

Golden Buddha statue in Chiang Mai, Thailand

It has best to book your Thailand trip 2 to 3 months in advance, including for popular island destinations like Phuket, but earlier is always better. To ensure you reserve your preferred style of accommodations, tours and guides we now recommend booking between 6 and 8 months in advance.

Related: Best Time to Visit Thailand

How can a travel specialist help me play my trip to Thailand?

Inside the Silver Temple, Chiang Mai

Silver Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Visiting a new country can inspire plenty of questions and the circumstances of traveling after Covid-19 may be different.

“Are ferries on time?” “Are there safety procedures in place at my accommodations?” “Will the beaches be crowded?” “How will I travel between destinations?” “Do I need a negative Covid-19 test before returning home and how can I get one?” Your travel specialist can answer these questions and more. A travel expert can also handle any emergency that may arise during your vacation — everything from a hotel that closes unexpectedly to a change in itinerary.

If you are thinking about traveling to Thailand you can fill out Zicasso’s Trip Request to speak with a Thailand travel specialist.

Related: How to Plan Your Trip in 3 Easy Steps | How to Plan Your Trip Budget

What should I do on my trip to Thailand?

Two young girls in national clothes from the Lahu tribe, Thailand

Young members of the Lahu hill tribe in Northern Thailand

A personalized Zicasso tour to Thailand allows you to explore, discover and experience a trip organized to your preferences. Most travelers from the United States spend approximately 10 days in Thailand, which is enough to enjoy the natural and cultural diversity of the northern, central and southern regions. Our recommendations for the best places to explore and things to do in Thailand can help inspire your next trip. Our Thailand travel specialists have provided you with recommendations for any trip length.

Bangkok |  Phuket | Chiang Mai | Krabi | Koh Samui | Khao Yai National Park

  • Explore the remarkable complex that encompasses more than 100 buildings showcasing 200 years of royal heritage, including the renowned Emerald Buddha
  • Discover the mythology and grandeur surrounding the Golden Buddha that stands over 11 feet tall inside a temple dating back to the early 13th century
  • Explore the stunning 14th-century sacred monastery and its famous legend reached by a winding serpentine staircase
  • Indulge in the authentic flavors of Chiang Mai and greater Thailand with a traditional cooking course highlighting local and seasonal ingredients
  • Venture to the authentic culture of Rawai Village on the east coast where the Moken retain their semi-nomadic lifestyle among coconut palms and swamp oaks
  • Wander through the unique architecture of Jim Thompson’s House Museum in Bangkok, where cultural designs couple with history and the tradition of the silk industry
  • Discover the diversity of culture and history in the Tribal Museum of Chiang Mai, where the traditions, artistry, tools and arts of traditional hill tribes are displayed
  • Khao Yai National Park: Indulge in an exclusive safari experience among evergreen trees and lush grasses when searching for wild elephants during your immersive tour
  • Bask in the natural beauty of coastal Krabi, with an exciting and breathtaking kayak excursion in caves, around karsts or in unseen lagoons.
  • Experience the grandeur of Thailand’s rural beauty as you climb the curated walkways to the top of the narrow granite summit overlooking the surrounding plains.
  • Embrace the hills around Chiang Mai on trails leading through evergreen forest, over rice terraces and beside Karen hill tribe villages.

Related: Things to Do in Thailand | Must-See Destinations in Thailand

What is the best time to visit Thailand?

Vendors with goods at Amfawa Floating Market, Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February. This time provides the best weather opportunities across the majority of Thailand.

The climate may vary across the country, making Thailand a wonderful year-round destination. The temperatures and weather patterns in Thailand vary in the northern, central and southern regions.

The western coast is great from November to April, but can have a lot of rain from May to October. The eastern coast is wonderful from May to October, but can be rainy from November to April. March and April bring harvesting season in northern Thailand, which can affect travel conditions.

Related: The Best Time to Visit Thailand

Is Thailand safe for travel?

Traditional Thai Lanna Architecture, Ho Kum Luang Royal Pavilion, Chiang Mai

Royal Pavilion in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is very safe for travelers. As with many countries around the world, petty theft does occur in larger cities such as Bangkok, but is not a considerable issue. Your travel specialist only uses reputable local airlines and never offers services with low-cost or budget companies.

Which airports should I be looking at?

Bangkok skyline at sunset

Bangkok at sunset

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Bangkok International Airport (BKK), but the busiest international airports in Thailand include:

  • Bangkok (BKK)
  • Phuket (HKT)
  • Chiang Mai (CNX)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air-ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing and pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Are you ready to plan your trip to Thailand?

Doi Ang Khang Tea Farm, Chiang Mai

Doi Ang Khang Tea Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is a captivating spectacle of Southeast Asia that can take you from the natural wonders of hidden waterfalls to the luxuries of an imperial kingdom, the illustrious flavors of a private cooking class to the serene panoramas of a shimmering sea. Our sample Thailand Tours & Vacations itineraries can give you more inspiration for your trip or discover helpful hints and insights with Zicasso’s Thailand Travel Guide. You can connect with a Thailand travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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